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Fast, cheap connectivity opens up network/application management options

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As 2013 begins, I notice plenty of commentary about mobile devices but less talk about the implications of mobility and other current events on business network and application monitoring and management requirements.

I see two key trends impacting network and application monitoring and management in the coming year: Fast, cheap connectivity and virtualization/cloud services. In this post, I’ll focus on the first of those — connectivity, which is most apparent in the current push toward (you guessed it) mobility.

Chicken or egg: Mobility ↔ connectivity
These days, your employees’ desktop functions are shifting to increasingly powerful mobile devices. At the same time, cloud services make the connectivity of those devices pretty much ubiquitous. So the value of much of your traditional infrastructure diminishes because it costs too much, is too complex, takes up too much space — and, too often, it doesn’t get the job done anymore.

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How safe are your apps?

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A recent report by Forrester Consulting suggests your web applications may be far more vulnerable than you think. According to Forrester, 51% of the 240 North American and European companies surveyed experienced at least one application security incident since the beginning of 2011. And 18% of those suffered losses of at least $500,000. For 8% of those surveyed, losses topped $1 million.

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What is the role of security in application development?

Unlock the Keys to Application Development

The majority of developers are not security experts, and secure coding is historically not identified as a priority. Oftentimes, the arduous task of vulnerability identification and remediation cannot be successfully addressed by limited IT security resources.

Look for an app development services provider who offers a time-saving solution for all types of security testing — outsourced, individual, and enterprise-wide analysis — and for all types of users, including application developers, build managers, Quality Assurance (QA) teams, penetration testers, security auditors, and senior management.

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And now for the how of developing web and mobile apps

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As I pointed out in my last entry, the ability to field web and mobile applications is quickly becoming a business necessity for even small enterprises.

If you’re lacking the substantial developer expertise needed to accomplish that — and most smaller and midsize organizations are — than your best option is to search out an accomplished web/mobile app development services provider.

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The why and how of developing web and mobile apps — first, the why (and just a teeny bit of how)

Need for Developing Mobile and Web Based Apps

The numbers are more than impressive: 4.8 billion mobile handsets currently in use — and 19% of those are smartphones, up 2% from just last year.

Then there’s the Internet, which now claims some 2.2 billion users, 1.3 billion of whom access it via some sort of personal computer (desktop, laptop, ultrabook, netbook, tablet).

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Are the applications you use endangering your business? A look at the solution

Application security scan

Hackers have many ways to exploit even the smallest vulnerabilities in your application environment and too often you’re compromised even before you grasp that there’s a problem.

Fortunately, it doesn’t have to be this way. The solution is an application security scan conducted by a services provider adept at dealing with issues related to application development, support — and, of course, security.

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Are the applications you use endangering your business? A look at the problem

application security

With all the security your IT operations (should) have, you’d think this question would be moot — but it isn’t. The applications your business and your employees rely on could be time-bombs poised to destroy your ability to function.

That’s because the vast majority of applications used in business today are connected to the Internet, often in a variety of ways.

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A closer look at application support services — part 2 of 2

Time to evaluate your App Development services provider

Besides application security testing — which I’ll be taking a closer look at next time — I want to focus now on three capabilities that can make all the difference when it comes to getting the most from an application support services provider:

  1. Database performance and stability monitoring
  2. Beta and test environment architecture, and
  3. Documentation solutions

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A closer look at application support services — part 1 of 2

Application Development Support Services keeps customers satisfied

Given all the costs associated with custom application development, it’s too easy to overlook application support and maintenance expenses — but if you do, you’ll blow your ROI.

That’s why it makes sense to engage an application development services provider with app support capabilities that are both comprehensive and flexible. These capabilities — from database and application maintenance through the entire life-cycle of updates and enhancements — need to be customizable.

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